Dan Pink called for a Whole New Mind in his book on creativity of the same name (here). Mark Somerville and I call for a Whole New Engineer and a Whole New Engineering Education in our latest Huffington Post article:
We live in a technological time. With nearly 7 billion people on the planet (and counting), we depend upon technology in almost every aspect of our lives. Billions are clothed, healed, fed, transported, connected, entertained, and employed through increasingly complex products, processes, and systems. And while technology is in one sense the gift that enables life for billions, its unintended consequences cause environmental and sustainability problems that are increasingly a concern.
As such, engineers and engineering are increasingly necessary to sustain and improve our way of life. Unfortunately, engineering is increasingly not the career path of choice for many who would otherwise make terrific engineers, and even if it were, the kinds of engineers being turned out by colleges and universities around the globe are too narrowly technical to address the complex and integrated nature of the opportunities and challenges of our times.
Read the full article here. Read the Big Beacon Manifesto (www.bigbeacon.org) and its 31 points leading to a whole new engineer, a whole new engineer, and an education change process (rewire) that will get us there.